It was a big night for northeast Iowa in Los Angeles.
The Northern Iowa men’s basketball team led by Ali Farakomanesh’s 3 point shooting prowess was up for the best upset of the year. The UNI Panthers shocked the nation with the upset of the Kansas Jayhawks.
Congrats to them as Ben Jacobsen got a chance at the national mic tonight.
But the big emotional part of the night focused on the town 20 miles to the west in Parkersburg. Ed Thomas’ family was presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The piece ESPN ran was incredible. They talked to the Todd, Aaron and Jan Thomas. Also Mark Becker’s parents and brothers. A great piece of television to tell the country about an incredible pair of families.
A big night for Black Hawk and Grundy Counties in the national spotlight. I’ll post the videos as soon as ESPN does.